Archives for the month of: February, 2011


Let’s hear it for my first month of blogging! Now, the stats:

Total Posts: 18
Outfit Posts: 5
Completed DIY projects: 1.5
Photos including a dog: 5
Pounds lost: 3 (Less than my goal, but not a bad start.)

So, how did I do? Well…

After only 28 days of keeping this blog, I must say I am feeling the results. Sure, I haven’t decreased in mass to any significant degree, but I know that my attempts at getting healthy are having their effect. I can now run up the stairs to my house without passing out (FYI: I have a pretty serious heart condition, so if anyone sees my boyfriend, I NEVER RUN UP STAIRS, because that would be risky and dumb. You follow me?) I can also walk up the hill to the grocery store without getting winded. These are significant improvements to my everyday existence.

The most significant improvement is simply that I am no longer afraid of actually seeing myself. It sounds ludicrous, I know, but it’s honestly how I’ve been living for years – total avoidance. But now, I can look at the photos I take, many of which are absolutely terrible, without flinching. I identify completely with the person in the picture and I am okay with that.

Anyway, I’d like to thank all of you who have been reading this blog and lending me your support. This has been kind of terrifying and strange, but you’ve been really super awesome with all your… awesome. If you were standing right here, I would give you a crazy hug. Animal style.

More to come.

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It’s a strangely sunny day today, but I just wasn’t in the mood for it.

Outfit components:

When I bought these booties, I asked the lady trying on shoes next to me whether they looked “a little witchy.” She said they didn’t, but, you know what? She was wrong. They are wicked witchy. Oh, well.

In other news, I can’t stop playing with Photoshop Actions. However, I have reached a point where I no longer can tell whether the actions are helping or hurting. So much to learn…

As promised, over the weekend I attempted the Hex Nut Bracelet DIY project from Honestly…WTF. It didn’t go quite as smoothly as I anticipated. For one thing, the twine I purchased was very slick (I thought it would feel nicer against the skin) and simply didn’t have enough texture to help me keep the hex nuts in place as a I braided. For another, my small, local hardware store offered a rather limited selection of hex nuts, so those that I purchased were a little on the large side.

Still, I was determined to make this project work. So, instead of twine, I dug into my stash of fabric remnants and pulled out a cream colored, poly shantung fabric to go with the brass hex nuts. No careful measuring or cutting here, just the ol’ snip-and-rip method for making the fabric strips. I braided the hex nuts (too) loosely into strips and this was the end result… Read the rest of this entry »

This weekend I intend to head to the hardware store so I can make my very own braided hex nut bracelet. I’ll let you know how it goes.

See the complete tutorial on Honestly…WTF. Images from Honestly…WTF.

This morning, the lovely Miss Susie Ghahremani (boygirlparty) turned me on to the wonder that is Photoshop Actions — little automations that can be applied to your photos to achieve a host of different effects in a matter of seconds. As my BFF, Zak, put it: “It’s like instagram or camera+ (or any of a million other iPhone apps) but for Photoshop!”

Check out the much improved version of yesterday’s quickie that Susie sent me:

Massively better, right? I anticipate that my photos are about to improve significantly thanks to Susie and Photoshop Actions. Especially now that I know that you can get tons of them for free on deviantART. I’ve spent the last couple of hours just browsing, downloading and fooling around with them. Here’s me in my jammies and five different actions:

I would certainly tweak for-reals photos a bit more before posting, but I just wanted to show the effects that could be achieved simply with the actions themselves. They make a great basis for your own improvements and can quickly add to or change the mood of a photo. Vintage effects appear to be very popular, but there are literally hundreds to choose from. There are even some that make your photos look like Polaroids:

It’s a Polaroid, but I’m holding a DSLR. …buh?

Anyway, I hope you might find them useful for your own pictures. I know I will. Thanks so much, Susie!

P.S. Though I will definitely be using Photoshop Actions to enhance my photos, rest assured I will not be ‘shopping myself to enhance my looks. Given the amount of work necessary to tweak myself to my liking, I’d be better off just cutting myself out of the picture entirely.

P.P.S. What do you think of my new glasses? I got them because they reminded me of Henry Kissinger [1] [2] [3], but then I saw him on Charlie Rose the other night and he’s changed his glasses.

P.P.P.S. Henry Kissinger is also the inspiration behind my facial expressions.

One thing that never seems to come out in my photos is my makeup. This is probably due to bad lighting, my “meh” lens, and the fact that I don’t wear very much makeup to begin with.

Well, I’ve decided that at least that last bit is going to change. I’m going to start wearing makeup. I’ve always enjoyed “playing makeup” anyways, but just never really made time for its daily application.

Besides, DID YOU KNOW:

According to TheGlassHammer, a website designed for women executives, “there is strong statistical evidence to show that women who wear make-up in business get better jobs and are promoted more quickly.” And a survey reported in The Times shows that “64 per cent of directors said that women who wore make-up look more professional and 18 per cent of directors said that women who do not wear make-up “look like they can’t be bothered to make an effort”. (via indyhiphop)

So, yeah… makeup.

Anywho, today I lined my eyes with a blue stila eyeshadow (from the Pro Artist Palette No. 1), using Make Up Forever’s Eye Seal and a standard eyeliner brush.

I haven’t figured out just how to take a makeup photo. Frankly, I’m still struggling with taking the regular photos. However, more to come, for sures.

Just a quick outift pic for this rainy Thursday in San Francisco.

Outfit components:

Yeah. I’ve really gotta step up my outfit-making/picture-taking. It seemed like a perfectly nice outfit when I put it on, but it sure is blah in pictures. Also, dudes, I have a for-reals bitchface thing happening almost all the time.

Anywho, coming soon: my views on Xbox Kinect and fitness games! Woo!